Bi-communal astronomy activities in Cyprus
The first part of the "Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace" project - by GalileoMobile and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research - was successfully completed between the 8th-20th of May. During these two weeks trainers carried out astronomy workshops in five schools as well as bi-communal astronomy activities in the buffer zone on two Saturdays with children from all over Cyprus, reaching over 80 students and 15 teachers. Through the program, children from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities came together at the Ledra Palace Hotel and the Home of Cooperation, and together they learned about astronomy and the universe through fun games and activities. The project aims to inspire the children of Cyprus, through astronomy, to learn more about science and the universe, as well as to promote a culture of peace and non-violence, and to facilitate contact between children from all the communities of Cyprus. More activities are scheduled for autumn 2017, in various schools and in the buffer zone.